Four Steelers Training Camp Battles On Offense To Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers report to Latrobe for training camp on Friday and the team will take the field on Saturday. Here is a look at four key training camp battles that will take place over the coming weeks on the offensive side of the football.

Justin Brown versus Darrius Heyward-Bey versus Derek Moye

The Steelers are almost certain to keep at least five wide receivers on their 53 man roster out of training camp this year and that means Brown, Heyward-Bey and Moye will all be battling for at least one spot. Last year, Moye beat out Brown, but so far this offseason, it has been the latter of the two that seems to have the upper hand heading into training camp. Heyward-Bey’s saving graces include his blazing speed, experience and potential as a gunner. Working against him, however, is his hands, as he’s dropped more than his fair share of passes since coming into the league. The Steelers could very well wind up keeping two of these three players, so you can see that this battle should be an entertaining one.

Guy Whimper versus Wesley Johnson

Seven spots on the Steelers offensive line are all but spoken for. Should the team decide to keep eight in total like they did last season, Johnson, one of two fifth-round draft picks this year, will have to beat out the veteran Whimper for the last spot. In order to do just that, Johnson will have to show that he can play not only both of the guard spots, but right tackle as well. He might even get a chance to play some center late in preseason games to show his position flexibility. Whimper will be tough to knock off of the roster and it’s also possible that both he and Johnson are kept.

David Paulson versus Michael Palmer versus Rob Blanchflower

The Steelers are almost certain to keep at least three tight ends and a total of four is not entirely out of the question. Paulson is holding on by a thread due to his poor play last year that resulted in Palmer passing him on the depth late in the season. In order to stick one more season, the Steelers former seventh-round draft pick must make huge improvements in his run blocking during training camp. As for Blanchflower, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick this year, he has to show that he can not only stay healthy, but be a contributor on special teams. He has the most upside of the three as an all-around tight end, but has to show it over the coming weeks.

Alvester Alexander versus Miguel Maysonet versus Tauren Poole

While there’s no guarantee that any of these three running back will make the final 53 man roster due to numbers kept at the position, there’s a good chance that one of them will land on the practice squad should that wind up being the case. Alexander figures to have the upper hand in this battle due to him being a fixture on the practice squad last season, but that’s where his advantage ends.

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  • 太阳

    I feel like Justin Brown will definitely make but I’d like to see if DHB can make it all congeal as far as his game goes. The Wesley vs whimper is interesting.

  • http://suspect5.bandcamp.com/ HardPunkKore

    You forgot the punter battle between Adam Podlesh and Brad Wing. To quote Rich Eisen, “punters are people too.”

  • steeltown

    Come on Blanchflower!!!

  • SteveM2

    Given last year’s sub-par punting performance, this is an important battle and a strange omission.

  • SteveM2

    Given the Steelers’ 2014 impetus on faster players, I believe that speed –plus, toughness in the clutch– will win out in all the position battles.

  • SteelersDepot

    Because this is the offense. Wrote about the punter battle a few post later.

  • Steelers12328882

    I know WR and DE are going to have some of the biggest battles going on, but I’m REALLY interested in the backup TE spot. I’m going to put my head through a wall if David Paulson makes this team again. I’m holding out hope that the Steelers only keep 3 TEs and found a gem in Blanchflower.

  • Biggie

    Strange that Hill is not mentioned in the comp for 4th RB assuming Archer is the 3rd or is a RB/WR/KR Hybrid.

  • Andrew Shue

    Does anyone think that Danny Coale could sneak onto the roster? Went to Virginia Tech while he was there and would love to see him make the team.

  • SteveM2

    I noticed. With so much going on at this crucial juncture, it’s easy to overlook certain things.